Robin right, Wenger wrong? by Twig
Sometime in 2012, Wenger sat down with his captain to persuade him to extend his contract with Arsenal. It seems that the meeting didn’t go very well, and that there were fundamental issues, over which Wenger and his captain couldn’t agree
RVP’s infamous statement on his website, seemed to show that those differences were on how to move Arsenal forward; how to make Arsenal challenge for trophies. What could those issues be? No one, except a small circle of people know. Whatever the issues, RVP felt strongly enough about them to leave a club in which he was the highest earner and captain.
RVP has since left and joined fierce (erstwhile?) rivals, Manchester United. He’s been seen by most Arsenal fans as a villain and a money-obsessed mercenary, but are those accusations fair? Recent comments by Mancini confirmed that RVP was a primary target for City. Yet, even though joining City was financially more rewarding, RVP opted to join United. Arsenal fans mustn’t forget that in the summer that Fabregas and Nasri left Arsenal, RVP remained with the gunners even though he wasn’t short of admirers. Was he giving Wenger one last chance?
Usually, when players leave Arsenal, gunners are gleeful when they see them suffer in their new clubs. It proves to gunners that the player in question was wrong to leave. There is this story (backed by statistics I must add), that if you dump Arsenal, you go downhill from then on. Arsenal fans now joke about Nasri’s loss of form at City and Song’s recent nomination as the second worst signing of the La Liga.
But Robin is different! He is currently the highest goal-scorer in the EPL; the front-runner for the Player of the Year award and his club have built a healthy lead at the top of the premier league. Indeed some people (like his national team coach), believe that the Manchester United RVP was the better player than the Arsenal RVP. Unless something spectacular happens, it seems Manchester United will finally be able to give RVP a victory he believed was impossible to achieve at Arsenal.
Each goal RVP scores is symbolic. Each man-of-the-match performance by RVP seems to tell Arsenal fans to their faces, “I told you I was right, didn’t I?” He doesn’t seem remorseful at all and he has continued with his life as if Arsenal never existed. I believe there was a time, once, when RVP really loved Arsenal. His move even though more painful, seems to be motivated by different reasons than Nasri for example.
At the moment, apart from the FA cup, Arsenal seems to be out of every competition that they are in, while Manchester United continues to grind out result in a no-nonsense manner. More painful for gunners is the fact that RVP has been instrumental to those victories; United fans are even beginning to compare him to Cantona!
Pending the time Wenger and his former captain come out with their respective biographies, Arsenal fans must be bold enough to consider the alternative view: that Robin was right to leave Arsenal and that there’s something that Wenger and the board are currently doing that is preventing Arsenal from achieving success.
Yeah, I know it hurts.